What’s On in Derbyshire

Bakewell Baking Festival

Saturday 23rd May – Monday 25th May 2020

A baking festival in Bakewell, it can only go well.  Bakewell is the home of the Bakewell Pudding, and there’s important distinction between the Bakewell Puddings baked in the various outlets in the Town and the more commercial Bakewell Tart, as produced by Mr Kipling and the like. Read more about the Bakewell Baking Festival

Halloween at the Tramway Village

28th October – 2nd November

During the October Half Term something truly special happens at Crich Tramway Village, because to celebrate Halloween Crich Tramway Village holds it’s annual ‘Starlight Event’.

When you visit the The Tramway Village at Crich you will feel like you’ve been instantly transported back to the past.  There are working trams that run along a track approx 1 mile long and during the starlight event the lights turn the trams and the tramway village into a magical, if not slightly spooky experience.

Read more about Halloween at the Crich Tramway Village

Matlock Bath Illuminations 2019

7th September – 27th October 2019

Autumn in the Derbyshire Dales, sees one of the most popular attractions in the Peak District when Matlock Bath lights up with it’s annual Matlock Bath Illuminations Festival.

100,000 visitors visit each year to watch to watch the main attraction, which is a fascinating display of illuminated rowing boats on the Derwent River at night, at Derwent Gardens in Matlock Bath. Fireworks are set off at the end of the night on each Satruday night. There’s an extra display on the Sunday 27th October.

Read more about Matlock Bath Illuminations

Chatsworth House: Upcoming Events

Summer and Autumn 2019

When visiting Derbyshire and the Peak District Chatsworth House and Gardens, makes a great day out for all the family.  The house has 30 rooms of history open to the public and  Chatsworth Farmyard and Playground provides a great place to entertain the little ones. There are daily activities at the House, Gardens and Playground, but if you’re looking for a special event at Chatsworth, then we’ve compiled a list of what’s coming throughout the summer months and autumn. Continue reading

Belper Steam and Vintage Event

8th & 9th June 2019   –   09:00 – 17:00

First established in 1989, Belper Steam and Vintage Event is now one of the largest in the county. It has exhibits and attractions for the whole family to enjoy, including; Vintage Vehicles on show, and plenty of charity, trade, craft and auto jumble stalls. There are also arena events, olde tyme fair and street entertainers to keep children occupied.

Bakewell Food Festival

27th April 2019  –  28th April 2019

The Bakewell Food Festival, held in the picturesque town of Bakewell, boast over 70 stalls which includes locally sourced produce, tasty dishes and delicious drinks. There will be a number of cookery demonstrations to inform and educate.

The Love Food Roadshow will be present, with celebrity chef Richard Fox, which will also feature children’s cookery. In addition to this family event, there will also be pony and donkey rides, and many other fun activities for the whole family.

You can even have a taste of the famous Bakewell Pudding, What better way to spend your time in Derbyshire?

Matlock Bath Illuminations

Every Saturday and Sunday from 7th September 2019 until 27th October 2019

Matlock Bath Illuminations features a spectacular illuminated and decorated boat parade along the River Derwent. It is a fun packed family event with fireworks every Saturday Nights at 21:00 and entertainment every Sunday night from 18:00 in Derwent Gardens.

The Boats can only be viewed on admission to the gardens. Pricing and ticket information can be found on the Derbyshire Dales District Council website



Bakewell Farmers Market

30th March 2019   /   27th April 2019   /   25th May 2019  /   29th June 2019  /   27th July 2019  /   31st August 2019  /   28th September 2019  /   26th October 2019  /   30th November 2019  /   21st December 2019*

Generally held on the last Saturday of every Month, The popular Bakewell Farmers Market attracts more than 5000 visitors and has 70 stalls to enjoy, most of the stalls  are dedicated to food and drink with a number of favourites such as real ales, wines, mushrooms, large vegetable stalls, rare breeds of pork, buffalo meat, ice cream, bread, jams and preserves.

It is the second largest Farmers Market in the Country and has recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2018.


Chicago – The Musical, Chesterfield

9 April – 12 April 2019

Broadway’s longest running American musical comes to Chesterfield! Set in the 1920’s and based on real murders and trials, we follow Roxie who murders her lover and is arrested. In jail she meets double-murderess Velma. When both acquire the same lawyer, Billy Flynn, tensions come to ahead as they both vie for the spotlight. Featuring such musical theatre song staples as; ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Mister Cellophane’, and ‘The Cell Block Tango’.

Chatsworth International Horse Trials

10 May – 12 May 2019

A three-day event of thrilling world-class equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family in the beautiful surroundings of Chatsworth.

Our holiday cottages make an ideal base for a trip to the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. The Escape, is a large luxury 5 bedroom holiday cottage with hot tub near Chatsworth, or visit our home page to see our other luxury holiday cottages in the Derbyshire Peak District with hot tub near Chatsworth.

“Circle” at Buxton Museum

12 January – 23 March 2019

In their exhibition at Buxton Museum, Derbyshire based artist Sue Lewis-Blake and Ursula Blancke-Dau from Lüneburg, Germany explore the notion of the circle: its outline shape, its central space and its symbolic meaning. Many of the works on show have ancient stone circles as the source of inspiration, there being a number of such sites close to both of the artists’ homes.